The Reverend Watches … Spider-Man : Into the Spider-Verse
As you will have seen from my other tv/film reviews, I’m a massive fan of comic-book movies. I’ve been holding off on this one as I wasn’t sure whether it would be excellent or rubbish. By the end of my review, you should find out my opinion!
Spider-Man : Into the Spider-Verse Summary
A young kid called Miles gets bitten by a Radioactive Spider. What? Not Peter Parker? You heard me! This films sees lots of Spider-Peeps all appear together when Kingpin tries to access other dimensions.
Miles is attending a new boarding school where he doesn’t feel like he fits in. Soon he makes at least one friend and leaves his mark on her. He bumps into Peter B. Parker (not the Peter Parker you are thinking of!) and tries to be the Karate Kid to his Mr. Miaggi, something Peter B. Parker isn’t really interested in.
Miles has to learn about what being a hero really means, how to deal with the loss of a loved one and, more importantly, how to save the day. With the help of the whole Spider-Gang he manages to not only return everyone to their own dimensions, but he also manages to defeat Kingpin.
I really enjoyed Spider-Man: Homecoming but I wasn’t sure what I would make of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. I didn’t fancy watching it at the cinema so I ended up watching one Saturday afternoon at home. Avengers : Endgame is currently out in the cinema and I’ve not managed to go see that yet.
It is clear from the start of this movie that it isn’t what you think it is going to be. Sure, it is an animation/cartoon but it is so much more than that. The animation style is certainly mixed. It is obvious there are some computer drawn scene but there also looks to be some hand drawn art. The fact you are watching a ‘cartoon’ will soon pass and you’ll be deeply invested in Miles’ journey to Spider-Man.
I was introduced to a whole bunch of new Spider-peeps that I’d never met before. I felt that Spider-Ham was a little ‘out-there’ however it still managed to feel in place for the story being told. At about 2 hours long, the story did feel a little rushed. We never really found out why Miles and his dad don’t see eye to eye, what happened between his dad and his uncle, and what was the score with the spider that bit Miles? It gave him additional spider skills (Invisibility and Electricity) but also seemed to glitch like it was from a different dimension.
None of this ruins the movie – it really is that excellent. Sony have managed to make an great Spider-Man movie without having to follow the ‘tropes’ of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), which isn’t mentioned once. The various animation styles of the ‘other’ spideys fit in well due to the multiple animation styles the films takes. They also use comic-book styles to help develop the story in a manner that is suitable. None of it feels it ruins the movie.
I was a massive fan of the 90’s cartoon Spider-Man. Before I knew of Deadpool, Spider-Man was the character who was a bit of a smart-alec. This movie leans more to that and the most recent Spider-Man: Homecoming than the Toby Maguire/Andrew Garfield Spider-Man films.
If you’ve not seen Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse then you should. It is a good story, well animated and with a great cast. It doesn’t matter if you are a Comic Geek who knows about Spider-Ham or someone who just likes a good superhero movie, you will enjoy this film.
If you are a fan of internet memes then make sure you stay for the after-scene credits!
Who is in it?
Miles Morales – Shameik Moore
Peter Parker – Chris Pine
Peter B. Parker – Jake Johnson
Poni – Kimiko Glenn
Spider-Ham – John Mulaney
Spider-Man Noir – Nicolas Cage
Spider-Woman – Haylee Steinfeld
Kingpin – Liev Schreiber
The cinema release of Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse had long passed so I watched it at home using Amazon Video. I could stream this direct into my TV in 1080p. I rented the movie rather than buy it as I try not to buy digital media (unless it is video games for my PS4) as you don’t actually ‘own’ what you are watching.
As an Amazon Prime member I was able to rent the movie for £1.99 for 48 hours. Definitely worth this and I’d have probably paid full rental price to watch it. If you are not an Amazon Prime member you can get a 30 day free trial from the banner below. The standard price to rent the movie would be £4.99 so you get a £3 saving by being an Amazon Prime Member.